Menu
Home Page

Round Diamond

Primary School

"Responsible, Determined, Successful"
***UPDATE*** School will be open tomorrow Tuesday 12th December. (Children will be remaining indoors during break and lunch times.) Nursery and Reception to enter through their classrooms as normal. Years 1-2 to enter through the hall Years 3-6 to enter through the main entrance. Please note: The EYFS Nativity that was unfortunately cancelled, due to the school closure, will take place Monday 18th December at 2:00pm We look forward to seeing everyone back tomorrow.

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

 

Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely and relaxing summer holiday and are well refreshed ready for the year. The Year 4 team are looking forward to welcoming you all back and taking you on an exciting learning journey this year.

 

 In the Autumn term, we will be learning about Ancient Egyptian life during our topic lessons. We will be exploring the fascinating lifestyle and events that led this to be such an interesting time in history. We will carry out our learning with many exciting opportunities such as art and drama as well as linking our topic to our English learning. 

 

In English we will be writing quest stories based on 'Tomb Quest - Book of the Dead.' If you wish to purchase a copy it can be found on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/TombQuest-1-Book-Michael-Northrop-ebook/dp/B00Q6V4AO4/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1504262109&sr=8-5&keywords=tombquest.

 

In Science, we will be learning all about sound and how we hear.

 

Our PE day will be on a Monday.  Please remember to have all P.E kit ready as the children will be going outside.  Please ensure all P.E kit is clearly named.

 

Teaching Team:

Mr Robert Paice and Mrs Pippa Harvey (Picasso)

Miss Leanne Murphy (O'Keeffe)

Miss Sally Dove (English) and Mrs Kim Parker (Maths) - Learning Lodge

 

Important dates:

Thursday 16th November

Deadline for Christmas card order

 

Tuesday 21st November 2017

British Museum trip to the Ancient Egyptian galleries

 

Friday 24th November 2017

Occasional Day

 

Friday 1st December 2017

Science home learning deadline

 

Tuesday 5th December 2017 - 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Open afternoon - Step inside the world of Ancient Egypt as the Round Diamond Museum launches its new display.

 

 

Visit to the British Museum - 21/11/17

 

Year 4 had a fantastic day out to the British Museum on Tuesday (21/11/17). We got to explore the ancient Egyptian galleries which bought to life lots of the learning that we have been doing in class. We carried out a range of activities that allowed us to look at many different items in the cases and explore artefacts in more detail. We even got some ideas for activities that we could do with our parents on our upcoming open afternoon (Tuesday 5th December).  Children found all the items linked to mummies particularly fascinating and were very impressed by the Rosetta Stone! The behaviour and positive attitudes of all the children were exemplary and all the staff who came were very proud. Well done year 4!

 

Not your average demonstration!

 

This week in science, Year 4 were looking at the functions of the digestive system. To bring this learning to life, we carried out an interesting demonstration which shows the functions of different organs in the digestive system. We added crackers and a banana to a sandwich bag which acted as the stomach and then added orange juice and water which were stomach acid and saliva. We then mixed the items in the bag, mimicking the action of muscles in the stomach. After that, we poured the mixture into a pair of tights which were representing the intestines. At this point, the fluids in the mixture exited the tights which represented the body absorbing nutrients from food in the small intestine. The mixture then solidified in the large intestine which we then placed into a cup, and pushed the waste out of the cup, demonstrating the act of the body getting rid of waste. As you can see, the children certainly enjoyed it (as did the adults!) and it allowed them to consolidate their understanding of the functions of the digestive system and apply it to their learning. 

 

 

 

Digestive system demonstration video

Still image for this video
A short video from part of our digestive system function demonstration.

Remembrance day learning - 8/11/17

 

Today, year 4 carried out some learning linked to Remembrance Day.

We begun the morning with a class discussion about the significance of Remembrance Day and the poppy. We then wrote our own war poem based on the experiences of a solider in the war and created our own Remembrance silhouette pictures.

 

The children focused on including description, similes ​​​​​​​and personification in their writing and created some very effective poems. All children enjoyed the challenges of creating the silhouette pictures with some very please results!

 

 

 

The mummification process - 03/11/17

Still image for this video
Year 4 have been writing instructions on how to mummify an Egyptian in preparation for the afterlife. Have a look at what we learnt in our mummification process video. You’ll see learning like this, and lots more Egyptian themed learning, at our Open Afternoon on Tuesday 5th December!

New science topic - The Digestive System - 02/11/17

 

In year 4, we have started a new topic on the digestive system in science. This week, we looked at the different organs in the digestive system and learned their names. We developed our understanding by adding the organs and their names to our learning wall to refer to throughout our topic. Next week, we will be going onto to understanding the functions of the different parts of the digestive system.

 

 

 

 

NEWS FLASH 20.10.2017

Well done to Picasso class for their first attendance cup win of the year. What was even more pleasing was that we had 100% of the children in school on time. Keep it up!

Egyptian 3D shapes 20.10.2017

We created square based pyramids in maths.  Some of us even had to draw our own nets! It was great fun using our shape knowledge when thinking about what each face needed to look like but a little fiddly sticking it all together.  Once we created the pyramid we used them to make an Egyptian landscape.

Music learning (27.09.17)

Still image for this video
Year 4 explored change in pitch through different clapping styles whilst singing a song about bubblegum!

Singing in French - 22.09.17

Still image for this video
O'Keeffe Class would like to present the new French greeting song they have learnt.

Creating an educational game - 17.09.17

 

Year 4 had lots of fun learning how to create their own educational computer game. We are looking forward to

posting some finished games when they are complete!

 

Exploring Ancient Egypt - 10.09.17

Year four have had a successful and exciting start to the school year. Miss Murphy and Mrs Harvey would like to thank the children personally for making us feel welcome and helping us to settle into Round Diamond School.

 

Year 4 started off their Ancient Egyptian topic with a range of fun and inspiring activities. We got to piece together photographs of Ancient Egypt, identified Ancient Egyptian objects and even got to go inside our own Ancient Egyptian tomb filled with photographs and even 4 canopic jars. The tomb was certainly a favourite with the children! This helped us to recall what we already knew about Ancient Egypt and create questions that we wanted to find the answer to during our learning. 

 

Enjoy some photos of our fun afternoon below:

 

 

2016-2017

9th May 2017

This half term in Science Year 4 are learning all about electricity. 

So far we have thought about where electricity comes from, how it is made, safety issues surrounding electricity and have started to look at electrical circuits. Below is a link that will help you to further explore electrical circuits by changing the components. 

Thursday 20th April 2017

Today Year 4 took part in the second House Event.

For today's event Year 3 and 4 joined together in their houses to 'Take One Picture'.

Our activities focused around the picture 'Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh'.

We split into our house groups and each house worked with a different teacher to create some fantastic art learning.

Year 5/6 and Year 1/2 also took part in this event :)

🐷🐮On The Farm! 🐔🐴 WB 27.03.2017

As part of our cross curricular learning this week we have focused on the geography element of farms and farming. 

First we used compasses to explore the different compass points and how these can relate to map reading. We then read a variety of maps focusing of the key to show us different points of interest. Finally, we applied all of these skills along with our understanding of different farms and types of farming to decide where in Stevenage we would place our farm. 

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4

Take a sneak peak at our music lesson this week! (16/03/17)

Still image for this video

World Book Day 02/03/17

Both children and teachers in Year 4 had a great day celebrating world book day today. They had the opportunity to take part in a workshop led by a visiting storyteller. They retold traditional world tales as well as made up some of their own stories. 

 

trim.D0EE13CA-CA34-463B-A08D-9B592B6DDEE0.MOV

Still image for this video
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3

Picasso Class

Geography/Science

23/02/17

This afternoon we did a cross-curricular lesson which focused on both geography and science skills. We were exploring food chains and looked carefully at rainforest food chains. We talked about who eats who, what each part of the food chain is called and also identified the transfer of energy.

Year 4 Maths, 31.02.17

Still image for this video
Take a look at our learning in Picasso class - we were learning all about area and perimeter.
We have been developing our skills in calculating with decimal numbers in order to support us with a range of measurements.

Rainforest weather! 25/01/17

After learning about the typical climate in rainforest we planned our own weather reports for rainforests around the world 🌍

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia 1
This half term in English we will be focusing on the story of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' from the Chronicles of Narnia. Specifically we will be looking at the settings within the story and how we can describe settings ourselves using effective adjectives, similes and metaphors amongst other figurative language. We will also be creating plays that based on events in the story. 

Remembrance Day 2016 

In class this afternoon, Picasso have been thinking about Remembrance day and what this means. We thought about what it means and who we are remembering. We also observed 2 minutes of silence in assembly this morning.  

Picture 1

Scaling

Still image for this video
In our maths learning we have been focusing on scaling (multiplying and dividing by 10&100). We have been using a range of methods to help us to secure our understanding.

Picasso class maths

Still image for this video
Today in maths we were learning about rounding, we learnt a rhyme to help us when rounding.

In Science we have been learning about sound and how it travels. The children created a factual programme for other children to watch. Some even included dramatisation.

Year 4 welcome letter

Year 

Picasso & O'Keeffe 

 

 

We are looking forward to welcoming back all of the children in both Picasso and O'Keeffe class. We hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are ready for some new and eciting learning in the term ahead!

Last week, year 4 children were joined by parents and relatives as part of our open afternoon. Everyone worked to create their own versions of our 'take one picture' painting, choosing their own materials and choosing a part of the picture they would like to focus on. Take a look at our amazing art work in the images below.

Using the grid method to multiply

Still image for this video
In this video, Mr Jones' group are solving a multiplication calculation using the grid method. The children have managed to accurately calculate the answers for the grid, can you add up these together to solve the question?

Mrs Parker's maths group

Still image for this video
In this video, Mrs Parker has a group of children that are practicing their rapid recall using single digit numbers. The children are really engaged with these games and are determined to be successful.

The children have enjoyed the Take One Book topic last week . Both classes had a debate and voted for their own book. The children have shown great determination in their learning and have shown fantastic writing and acting skills.

The children have enjoyed the Take One Book topic  last week . Both classes had a debate and voted for their own book. The children have shown great determination in  their learning  and have shown fantastic writing and acting skills. 1
The children have enjoyed the Take One Book topic  last week . Both classes had a debate and voted for their own book. The children have shown great determination in  their learning  and have shown fantastic writing and acting skills. 2
The children have enjoyed the Take One Book topic  last week . Both classes had a debate and voted for their own book. The children have shown great determination in  their learning  and have shown fantastic writing and acting skills. 3
The children have enjoyed the Take One Book topic  last week . Both classes had a debate and voted for their own book. The children have shown great determination in  their learning  and have shown fantastic writing and acting skills. 4
The children have enjoyed the Take One Book topic  last week . Both classes had a debate and voted for their own book. The children have shown great determination in  their learning  and have shown fantastic writing and acting skills. 5
The children have enjoyed the Take One Book topic  last week . Both classes had a debate and voted for their own book. The children have shown great determination in  their learning  and have shown fantastic writing and acting skills. 6
The children have enjoyed the Take One Book topic  last week . Both classes had a debate and voted for their own book. The children have shown great determination in  their learning  and have shown fantastic writing and acting skills. 7

Their, There and They're

In our grammar learning this week we have been looking at; there, their and they're. The children have really challenged themselves by asking probing questions, constructing complex sentences and inputting the correct word so that their sentences are grammatically accurate.

Here is a short video that the children will enjoy about they're, there and their!

Year 4 invertebrate hunt!

This week in our grammar learning we have been focusing on the use of apostrophes. We begun the week looking at how they are used in contractions such as can't, shouldn't and you're. We then moved on to think about apostrophes for possession, the children have found this more challenging especially when deciding wether a noun is singular or plural. Use the video below to help your child remember these rules at home. 

K3 VD Eng Apostrophe Song (Possessive).mp4

We have had 3 5 3 0 5 visitors
Top